Plaque with poppies

Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead American, born England
Manufacturer S. A. Weller Pottery

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Frederick Hurten Rhead, an Englishman by birth and training, was one of America’s leading ceramists at the turn of the twentieth century. As a potter, designer, decorator, teacher, and author, his influence was far-reaching. Rhead’s career extended across the nation and included positions not only at large commercial establishments but also at small art potteries, educational facilities, and therapeutic institutions. Well versed in many of the major techniques of decoration employed during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Rhead throughout his long career embraced the English Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau styles, and ultimately, Art Deco. Developing relationships with many of the key figures in the international Art Pottery movement, among them William Percival Jervis, Taxile Doat, and Adelaide Alsop Robineau, Rhead proved to be one of the most diverse and influential ceramists working in the United States. He also became one of the leading champions of modern design in America, in both theory and practice.

Rhead had a one-year stint at the Weller Pottery in Zanesville, Ohio, in 1904, where he employed the technique of slip-trailed outlines through the use of a squeeze bag, a mode that Rhead brought over from England and employed throughout his career. This striking plaque features an energetic design of an almost exploding flowering poppy, accentuated by a starburst in cobalt blue delicately outline in thin white slip-trailing. The rigidity of the repeated stems and seed pods is altered with one stem in a dramatic whiplash curve.

Plaque with poppies, Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead (American (born England), Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent 1880–1942 New York), Earthenware, American

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